Mom Hack Monday: Natural Pink Eye Remedy

Rue woke up with her left eye completely crusted shut. It was red and inflamed and she kept rubbing it so I knew there was an infection.

Immediately, papa Rodriguez was freaking out, but I knew we could treat it if we acted fast. Tea tree and lavender are the two essential oils I always grab when there’s any kind of infection, cut, scrape, or burn because of their natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.

We’re all out of tea tree right now but we never go without lavender and since it’s one of the most gentle oils, that’s what we used.


Mix 1 tablespoon of organic unrefined coconut oil with 2 drops of pure lavender essential oil. (You could mix 1 drop of tea tree + 1 drop of lavender if you’d like.)

Dip a piece of family cloth or wash cloth in the oil mixture and rub over the closed eye, starting from the crease of the eye closest to the nose and wiping down (like you’re removing makeup).

Wipe once more with a new clean dry cloth to remove the oil and dry the eye.

Wash all hands and put soiled cloths directly in the washing machine so contamination doesn’t spread.

Wipe down surfaces of the house and favorite toys with homemade vinegar spray to disinfect any contaminated surfaces so infection doesn’t return.

Apply 3 times a day until symptoms subside. Usually pink eye can take up to one week to cure. I was absolutely surprised by how back to normal her eye got after one application of this natural antibiotic, I had to share in car it could help someone else who likes to stay away from using synthetic antibiotics.

If you’re afraid of using essential oils on the eye, you can rub the oil blend around the eye/nose bone. 

3/31/16 EDIT: I have also started putting a few drops of breast milk in her eye right before bed and she has been waking up without any issues at all! 

Daddy can breathe a sigh of relief now. His sweet girl is in good hands.

I hope you will try this mom hack next time you see signs of a pink eye infection in your little one. As with most home remedies, fast action at the onset of symptoms works best.

Alternating warm and cold presses on the eye in between applications should also bring added relief to the area and help reduce itchiness and inflammation.

Do you use natural remedies at home? What’s your favorite?